Oklahoma House of Representatives
|Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Term limits:|| 12 year cumulative total,|
in either or both chambers
|2014 session start:||February 3, 2014|
|Website:||Official House Page|
|House Speaker:||Jeff Hickman (R)|
|Majority Leader:||Pam Peterson (R)|
|Minority leader:||Scott Inman (D)|
Democratic Party (29)
Republican Party (72)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Art V, Oklahoma Constitution|
|Salary:||$38,400/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 6, 2012 (101 seats)|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014 (101 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Legislature draws boundaries first|
- 1 Sessions
- 2 Ethics and transparency
- 3 Elections
- 4 Redistricting
- 5 Representatives
- 6 Standing committees
- 7 History
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
In Oklahoma, representatives serve two-year terms with a limit of a combined total of twelve years served in the Senate and House of Representatives.
As of October 2014, Oklahoma is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution establishes when the Oklahoma State Legislature, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to be in session. Section 26 of Article V states that the Legislature is to meet in regular session on the first Monday in February of each year, and it is to adjourn its regular session by the last Friday in May of each year. Additionally, Section 26 also states that the Legislature is to meet for organizational purposes on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.
Section 27 of Article V contains the rules for convening special sessions of the Legislature. Section 27 allows a special session to be called by the Governor of Oklahoma or by a written call signed by two-thirds of the members of both legislative houses.
- See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions
In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 3 through May 23.
Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included tax cuts, the budget, prison funding, employee compensation and judicial reform.
- See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions
In 2013, the Legislature was in session from February 4 through May 24.
Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included changes to the state pension system and workers compensation funds, tax cuts, and increased funding for education.
In September 2013, the state legislature held a five-day special session where both houses reenacted a lawsuit reform bill. Republicans in the state legislature settled on 23 provisions with the effect of reestablishing key provisions of a 2009 lawsuit reform bill, which was struck down by the state Supreme Court in June 2013. The current Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman is a strong supporter of lawsuit reform.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the House was in session from February 6 through May 25.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the House was in session from February 7 through May 27.
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
Role in state budget
- See also: Oklahoma state budget
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in August of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year.
- State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in October.
- Agency hearings are held from October through December. Public hearings are held from December through May.
- The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in February.
- The legislature typically adopts a budget in May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to pass a balanced budget.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative released a report in July 2013 which indicated that cost-benefit analysis in policymaking led to more effective uses of public funds. Looking at data from 2008 through 2011, the study's authors found that some states were more likely to use cost-benefit analysis while others were facing challenges and lagging behind the rest of the nation. Among the challenges states faced were a lack of time, money and technical skills needed to conduct comprehensive cost-benefit analyses. Oklahoma was one of 29 states with mixed results regarding the frequency and effectiveness in its use of cost-benefit analysis.
Ethics and transparency
Following the Money report
- See also: Following the Money 2014 Report
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer-focused nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., released its annual report on state transparency websites in April 2014. The report, entitled "Following the Money," measured how transparent and accountable state websites are with regard to state government spending. According to the report, Oklahoma received a grade of B- and a numerical score of 82, indicating that Oklahoma was "advancing" in terms of transparency regarding state spending.
Open States Transparency
The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Oklahoma was given a grade of D in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Elections for the office of Oklahoma House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014.
The signature filing deadline for candidates in these elections is April 13, 2012. A primary Election Day was on June 26, 2012.
|2012 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$169,500|
|Dank, David M||$164,527|
|Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association||$126,750|
|Oklahoma Public Employees Association||$113,000|
|Oklahoma City Fire Fighters||$82,794|
|Turner, Michael J||$79,768|
|Krumme, George W||$79,200|
Oklahoma state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than 12 years between both chambers of the state legislature. In 2012, 6 state representatives were termed-out of office.
The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
|2012 Margin of Victory, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Votes||Top Opponent|
|District 45||Aaron Stiles||0.1%||13,590||Paula Roberts|
|District 56||David L Perryman||1.1%||12,064||Chuck Utsler|
|District 22||Charles A McCall||1.8%||13,219||Doris Anne Row|
|District 71||Katie Henke||6.5%||13,835||Dan Arthrell|
|District 2||John R. Bennett||7.5%||11,753||Rick Agent|
|District 12||Wade Rousselot||7.9%||13,616||David Tackett|
|District 14||Arthur Hulbert||9.7%||12,550||Jerry Rains|
|District 87||Jason Nelson||10.7%||12,744||Nick Singer|
|District 32||Jason Smalley||14.1%||13,720||Keith Kinnamon|
|District 23||Terry O'Donnell||16.9%||10,614||Shawna Keller|
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 9, 2010. The primary Election Day was July 27, 2010.
The partisan breakdown of the senate before and after the election is as follows:
|Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Party||As of November 1, 2010||After the 2010 Election|
|2010 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$258,400|
|Pruett, Raymond (RC) C||$133,150|
|Oklahoma Public Employees Association||$93,750|
|Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists||$91,000|
|Oklahoma Association of Realtors||$83,150|
|Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians||$80,550|
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's House of Representatives were held in Oklahoma on November 4, 2008. All 101 seats were up for election.
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 4, 2008. The primary Election Day was July 29, 2008.
|2008 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Dank, David M||$148,377|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$146,500|
|Pruett, R C||$143,150|
|Oklahoma Association of Realtors||$125,250|
|Oklahoma Medical Association||$105,829|
|Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association||$104,250|
|Oklahoma Farm Bureau||$89,000|
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's House of Representatives consisted of a primary Election Day on July 25, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006. All 101 seats were up for election.
|2006 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Pruett, Raymond C (R C)||$286,300|
|Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association||$139,657|
|Johnston, J D||$134,512|
|Dank, David M||$117,000|
|Oklahoma Medical Association||$112,000|
|Republican Pac to the Future||$95,500|
|Center for Legislative Excellence||$84,500|
|Oklahoma Farm Bureau||$80,450|
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's House of Representatives consisted of a primary Election Day on July 27, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004. All 101 seats were up for election.
|2004 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Pruett, Raymond C (R C)||$143,303|
|Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association||$138,200|
|Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma||$130,900|
|Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association||$124,200|
|Republican State House Cmte of Oklahoma||$101,987|
|Oklahoma Medical Association||$99,450|
|Center for Legislative Excellence||$96,500|
|Oklahoma Farm Bureau||$91,750|
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's House of Representatives consisted of a primary Election Day on September 17, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002. All 101 seats were up for election.
|2002 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Oklahoma Republican Party||$93,550|
|Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association||$88,600|
|Center for Legislative Excellence||$68,000|
|Republican State House Cmte of Oklahoma||$53,000|
|Republican Majority Fund||$50,500|
|Hall of Fame Pac||$50,004|
|New Leadership Fund||$45,950|
Elections for the office of Oklahoma's House of Representatives consisted of a primary Election Day on August 22, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000. All 101 seats were up for election.
|2000 Donors, Oklahoma House of Representatives|
|Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus||$190,039|
|Oklahoma Republican Party||$113,860|
|Republican Majority Fund||$90,500|
|House Republican Pac||$59,500|
|New Oklahoma Pac||$53,850|
|Association of Oklahoma General Contractors||$53,000|
Article 5, Section 17 of the Oklahoma Constitution states: Members of the Senate shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and members of the House of Representatives twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call for a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. No special election can be called if the vacancy happens after March 1st during the year the seat is set to expire.
The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Oklahoma legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Oklahoma Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators are subject to term limits of no more than twelve years in the Oklahoma State Legislature. These 12 years can be served in any combination of the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
The first year that the term limits enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.
- See also: Redistricting in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, the state legislature is in charge of redistricting. If the state legislature fails to agree on a map by its deadline, then redistricting becomes the responsibility of the Oklahoma Reapportionment Commission. Although the legislature is given latitude, Oklahoma laws regarding redistricting require that the cores of existing districts are maintained, other political subdivisions remain intact, 'communities of interest' should be respected and combined, and the state must explicitly comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act protecting the representation of minority populations.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma's population increased from 3.45 million to 3.75 million between 2000 and 2010. The population was densest around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Growth rates were highest in the suburban and exurban areas surrounding these cities, while rural Oklahoma counties grew slowly or lost population. Of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 23 registered a drop in population between 2000 and 2010. The state's overall growth rate was 8.7 percent, which was below the national average of 9.7 percent, but not low enough to cost the state a Congressional seat, as occurred as a result of the 2000 Census.
Oklahoma officials received detailed Oklahoma results from the Census in February. The legislature formed steering committees in each chamber to draft the maps before the May 27, 2011 deadline. The House of Representatives completed its work relatively quickly, producing a map that avoided putting any incumbents in a district together by early May. Discussions in the Senate were more heated and partisan, and the Senate did not produce a map in mid-May. The House map was passed overwhelmingly in its initial vote, while the Senate encountered minority opposition. However, opposition eased on the second round of votes, and the Governor Mary Fallin signed the bills into law seven days before the deadline.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Oklahoma Legislature are paid $38,400/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $147/day per diem tied to the federal rate.
When sworn in
Oklahoma legislators assume office November 17th.
- See also: Partisan composition of state houses
|Party||As of October 2014|
The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, referring proposed legislation to committee, and signing bills, resolutions, and papers.
The Oklahoma House has the following 22 standing committees:
- Administrative Rules, Government Oversight and Repealer
- Agriculture and Wildlife
- Appropriations and Budget
- Common Education
- Economic Development and Financial Services
- Energy and Aerospace
- General Government
- Government Modernization
- Higher Education and Career Tech
- Human Services
- Long-Term Care and Senior Services
- Public Health
- Public Safety
- States' Rights
- Tourism and International Relations
- Utility and Environmental Regulation
- Veterans and Military Affairs
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives for the first 13 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last nine years. Oklahoma was under Republican trifectas for the final three years of the study.
Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Oklahoma state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the years of the study, Oklahoma had both Democratic and Republican trifectas. Its Democratic trifectas occurred from 1992-1994 and from 2003-2004. Its Republican trifectas occurred from 2011-2013. Oklahoma's SQLI ranking was in the bottom-10 for many years of the study, finishing 44th in 1994 at its lowest. In more recent years of the study, however, the state's ranking improved, finishing 31st in 2011 at its highest. Oklahoma's worst ranking occurred during a Democratic trifecta, and its best occurred during a Republican trifecta.
- SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 41.80
- SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 31.50
- SQLI average with divided government: 40.64
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- Official website of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
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- Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wikipedia
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